Module 3: HCV prevalence and course of HCV infection - introduction

In this document:

Module goal:

To provide an overview of both global and regional HCV prevalence and the natural course of infection

Learning objectives:

By the end of the module, participants will be able to:

  • Summarise HCV prevalence rates with an understanding of global, local and regional variations
  • Evaluate how prevalence in their own local areas compares with the epidemic more generally
  • Discuss the natural course of HCV infection and the main factors that can influence disease progression
Topics covered:
  • Global and regional prevalence of HCV and trends within affected populations
  • How HCV affects the functions of the liver
  • Progression and stages of HCV
  • The acute phase
  • Spontaneous HCV clearance
  • The chronic phase
  • Compensated cirrhosis
  • End stage liver disease and cancer
Materials and resources required:
  • Computer/laptop and projector
  • Flipchart paper, stand and pens
Before the training:
  • Obtain the best available current information on regional and local HCV prevalence rates to support this module:
  • What are the PWID estimates for your region/country?
  • What are the regional and local HCV prevalence rates?
  • What variations are there across different population groups e.g. prisoners?
  • What factors contribute to the HCV prevalence and PWID rates as reported?
  • Is hepatitis C recognised as an important issue for PWID?
  • Is there a Hepatitis C Strategy or Policy?
  • Do you have reliable hepatitis C surveillance?
  • What is happening ‘on the ground’?
Module time: approximately 90 minutes

Show and talk to Slide 3.1 (HCV prevalence and course of HCV infection) outlining the module:

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